foliation

[ foh-lee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌfoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of foliation

First recorded in 1615–25; foliate + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM foliation

sub·fo·li·a·tion, nounsu·per·fo·li·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for foliation

foliation
/ (ˌfəʊlɪˈeɪʃən) /

noun

botany
  1. the process of producing leaves
  2. the state of being in leaf
  3. the arrangement of leaves in a leaf bud; vernation
architect
  1. ornamentation consisting of foliage
  2. ornamentation consisting of cusps and foils
any decoration with foliage
the consecutive numbering of the leaves of a book
geology the arrangement of the constituents of a rock in leaflike layers, as in schists
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Science definitions for foliation

foliation
[ fō′lē-āshən ]

The set of layers visible in many metamorphic rocks as a result of the flattening and stretching of mineral grains during metamorphism.

Other words from foliation

foliated adjective
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